Fire safety planning for the preservation of historic department store building as cultural asset - A case study on Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store

Hiroko Kazusa, Yuji Hasemi, Shin Ichi Tsuchiya, Yoshikazu Minegishi

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    Numbers of commercial buildings built before WWII are now considered historic monuments, yet most of them scarcely comply with current prescriptive fire safety requirements. This report shows an example of fire safety design for the preservation of Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store as cultural asset. The building features various weakness in fire safety including large open void penetrating five floors, staircases not satisfying the evacuation requirement etc. The proposed design utilizes existing fire shutters dividing each floor into three fire compartments as temporary fire refuges to overcome the weakness without changing any important historic elements of the building.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)207-210
    Number of pages4
    JournalAIJ Journal of Technology and Design
    Issue number56
    Publication statusPublished - 2018 Feb 1



    • Evacuation guidance
    • Large scale commercial building
    • Modern historic building
    • Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store
    • Performance-based fire safety design
    • Preservation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Architecture
    • Building and Construction

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